Bosnia and Herzegovina: Students Participate in Mock-Trial Competition

In November and December 2018, NCSC organized an intramural mock-trial competition with four partner high schools in Sarajevo and Banja Luka, with the assistance of participating professors and school administrations. The program offered students the opportunity to apply substantive legal knowledge and trial advocacy skills that they learned throughout an eight-module course on the criminal justice system, featuring a practice-based curriculum delivered by high-school professors with guest lectures from legal practitioners (judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys).

Altogether, 67 students took part in the competition and participants were selected from each school to take part in the final round held on February 2-3, 2019, in Konjic. Four students from each school participated in mixed teams of prosecution and defense roles involving a hypothetical criminal case. Educators praised the program and its rich educational value, by bolstering understanding of the criminal justice system, changing perceptions of criminal proceedings, and encouraging students to pursue legal studies. 

The Mock Trials in Bosnia and Herzegovina Project is a 14-month project funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Additional information about the MT Project can be found at www.ncsc-bih.ba/mt-projekat.